Jul 3, 2006

News That Matters (or not)

Working with the Ratings... thingy...

You may have noticed over the past few weeks that we have been screwing around with the world rating. We can't quite decide whether we want the world to be PG-13 or R rated. On one hand, we don't really like to censor people and are not happy about having to babysit and play chat police. We have the mute feature for a reason, we need to learn how to use it.

On the other hand, with people swearing we don't want to give visitors the idea that we are rowdy or a bad place. The truth is, we treat our world like the real one. People swear in here, make off hand jokes, scream yell, and whatever. It's part of life, and just like if you went down the street in real life, there isn't somebody following you around to make sure your kids don't hear bad things.

It's up to the parents to make sure their kids are ok in real life and online. Not a complete stranger's responsibility. So until Active Worlds creates an NR rating for the browser, we'll leave our world rating at PG-13, as long as you don't expect us to stand around and uphold it... lol

The People have Spoken! (for other people)

With all of the hard work put into our world this year, it would have to figure that we were beaten in the Cy awards by the Easter Egg Hunt. I guess live rock concerts just aren't as interesting as wandering around and looking for virtual eggs?

No worries, we lose gracefully and are sure to knock your socks off in the 2007 Cy awards! Capri Primal has been making more progress on the inside of the Starbucks, and we have been busy planning out some more concerts (Aztech Rising is returning at the end of July and Myndkill is scheduled to play a live concert in August), as well as looking into some possible rides and amusement things...

In other news

Server maintenance is complete, at least as much as we could muster. Only a few minor blackouts of the world here and there in the wee hours of the morning.

Metaverse 4.1 (if you didn't already know) has been released to the public. Now, I know many of you simply do not install stuff unless it comes directly from Active Worlds themselves, but I can assure you that this is free of virus and spyware and has been tested to work.

Don't believe me? We're listed on Download.com as a popular download :)

Click here for the link

So, no virus, no spyware, nothing bad for you. If there were, Download.com would refuse to list our version of the browser... because well... they are completely against all that type of stuff now :)

The current listing is for Metaverse 3.6c on the download.com site but the link will give you EX 4.1 Dowload.com is a little slow in updating the information we sent them for the new release, they said it should be updated on their site by the 18th of this month.

Renovations to the Arcade

If you haven't been in world over the past few weeks, you may have missed the expansion of the arcade. We cleared out the old Fedx store and knocked down a few walls to increase the size of our arcade. We are now around 28 games playable with a more on the way (just as soon as I find the will to continue). Eventually I'll get a working version of Street Fighter II...

Looking toward the Future - MPL Knight


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